Claire McCaskill Twitter Reveals Her Own Russian Ambassador Meetings

Zachary Volkert - Author
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Mar. 2 2017, Updated 12:10 p.m. ET

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has been one of the most outspoken members of her party on Twitter and elsewhere when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidency, a trend which continued when it was revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Like many other key Democrats and even some Republicans, Senator McCaskill found Sessions’ meeting with Kislyak especially irksome because he appeared to deny any such relationship during a Senate hearing before his confirmation for Trump’s cabinet. During that hearing, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota asked Sessions what his feelings were on the allegations that the Trump campaign that colluded with the Russian government.

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“I have been called a surrogate a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

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Going against the criticism of McCaskill and other detractors, defenders of Sessions have claimed that this statement was in response to the specific allegation that the Trump campaign itself had organized with the Russian government. Sessions was, however, one of the earliest supporters of Trump’s campaign; in fact, he was the first senator to back his candidacy. As far back as this time last year, Trump promised that Sessions would be a key member of his government. Still, the former Alabama senator himself has officially denied that these meetings have anything to do with U.S. presidential campaigning.

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“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”

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Claire, who served alongside Jeff Sessions on the Armed Services Committee, joined in the chorus of Democrats who called his statements deceptive. McCaskill used the example of her own experience on the committee to argue that there was no logical reason for the Attorney General to have met with the Russian ambassador.

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But critics are claiming that Claire’s Twitter history doesn’t back up on her own argument. According to McCaskill’s own tweets, she has spoken with the Russian ambassador at least twice since 2013, once relating to the Iran nuclear deal and once relating to a hold on adoptions of Russian children by American adoptive parents.

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